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Via Roma

686 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4584
847-768-7461
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Ranked #3 of 147 restaurants in Des Plaines
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Phone number is 847-768-7461, zip code 60016
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Phone number is 847-768-7461, zip code 60016
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Another well-kept BYOB gem in our "neighborhood"! Nice indoor ambience and also outdoor patio (no more than 8 tables on patio). Very busy a couple of Friday's ago and as Roma does not take reservations we waited for a good hour and a half for a patio table, but it was well worth it. We shared appetizers, mussles in a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We arrived at 6 pm and were told it would be a few minutes for a table, so we waited out front--in the meantime, 3 other parties were seated before us and when we questioned the hostess, she barked and said, "you didn't want patio seating"--patio seating was never offered and it was our first visit so we were unaware... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Excellent food, but be prepared to wait, because the restaurant is small, it is BYOB and people linger. Worth the wait if you have the time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Absolutely awesome! It's a family run restaurant with a great menu (I had the seafood linguine special and my friend had the gnocchi with meat sauce). We both had dessert and paid less than $60. Fresh food is worth the price - this is NOT Olive Garden! I'll be coming back for sure!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Seven of us went to Via Roma on a Friday night. We had reservations for 6pm, and when we got there the place was packed. We had to wait an hour, but since it was BYOB, it was nice to sip our wine and chat while we waited. The restaurant brought us bruschetta to apologize for the long wait, which... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Every time we visit the food is excellent. This small family run restaurant serves terrific fish, veal and pasta dishes. If you're not sure what to order try the daily special and you won't go wrong. There are a couple downsides. They're only open Wed-Sat nights and the place is very small. If you don't mind eating later then go... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great little place with big taste. Food was excellent. Staff is warm and welcoming. The owner came by the table to check on our experience. Great find and the BYOB option is a big plus!!

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great chef and the menu is constantly changing. We've really expanded our culinary tastes and everything is always great.

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I can't say enough about Via Roma. Over the last few years we have brought family, friends, and business partners to this restaurant for lunch, dinner and Christmas parties. I think we actually go here 2-3 times a week when I am in town. The food is exceptional. Alessandro, the owner is also the chef. He was born and raised... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Via Roma reminds me of the trattorias in Rome. It is small, friendly, and loud and the food is fresh and made to order. The appetizer with the buratta, olives and prosciutto is excellent to share. The daily specials on the blackboard are often your best bet, although the thin crust pizzas are usually tasty. My favorite is probably the... More

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